Nico Rosberg says he has not been affected by losing the drivers' championship lead to team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Having won the opening race in Australia while Hamilton retired, Rosberg has seen his 25-point advantage whittled away by Hamilton thanks to four consecutive victories for his team-mate. The Spanish Grand Prix finally saw Rosberg drop to second in the standings but, asked if he felt the need to try and retake the lead from Hamilton as soon as possible, he replied: "I'm not too focused on that.

"Of course I would prefer to be ahead than behind but it's very, very close and there still a long way to go. So I'm just focused on this weekend here, looking forward to it, because I know that I have a fantastic car at the moment and I expect the car to be very, very quick also here in Monaco.

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"The gap - they might be a lot closer to us this weekend and we need to wait and see if we are the fastest and the chances are we will be, so I look forward it and hope to have a fantastic weekend again."

And Rosberg added that he expects to remain closely matched with Hamilton this year and doesn't feel he needs to find much extra performance to turn his recent second places in to victories.

"In general, it's been a tough battle up until now and I expect it to continue like that. Of course now he's had the result rhythm in a couple of races but it's been very close. I just need a tiny bit to turn it around. I'll start with trying to do that here in Monaco."